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Burgwin-Wright House and Garden
224 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 762-0570

When Lord Charles Cornwallis, still in danger of a Rebel pursuit, fled in 1781 to the coast after the Battle of Guilford Court House in central North Carolina, he repaired to Wilmington, then a town of 200 houses. He lodged at the gracious Georgian home of John Burgwin, a wealthy planter and politician, and made it his headquarters. The home, completed in 1770, is distinguished by two-story porches on two sides and seven levels of tiered gardens. The massive ballast-stone foundation remains from the previously abandoned town jail. A free-standing outbuilding behind the restored home hosts the kitchen and a craft room. A tunnel from the garden area runs down toward Cape Fear River, and the dungeon, located beneath the cellar, has been opened for viewing, but you may not go inside. The Burgwin-Wright House, owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina, is one of North Carolina's great restoration/reconstruction achievements in the state.

Group tours are available by appointment. Call for admission prices. The home is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, with the last tour at 3 PM on all days. September through December, the schedule may be altered in the morning due to school programs, so call for information.

Colonial Christmas is a special event at the house each December. Music of the 1700s fills rooms decorated with greenery and fruit. There are performances by dancers in full colonial costume and demonstrations of colonial weaving/tapestry in the craft room. Plus, an actor dressed as a colonial-era surgeon offers a re-enactment of battlefield surgery.

 

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